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2018 Orthopaedist of the Year


The 2018 Orthopaedist of the Year recognition was posthumously awarded in honor and memory of John Emmett Hall, MD, for his remarkable medical career, friendships he cultivated, colleagues he mentored and the many grateful patients he compassionately cared for through the decades.  

MOA John Emmett Hall 
John Emmett Hall, MD
1926-2018 (photo courtesy of Boston Children’s)

Dr. Hall’s leadership and dedicated work were instrumental to the growth of the Orthopaedic Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and responsible for the Hospital’s specialize hip and sports medicine programs.  During his tenure he served as Chief of Clinical Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgeon in Chief.  He was a co-founder and served as President of the Scoliosis Research Society and served as President of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.

His significant contributions to the care of scoliosis patients includes the development of the Boston Brace System, a nonoperative treatment for idiopathic scoliosis and other spinal deformities as well as advances in anterior scoliosis surgery.

Dr. Peter Waters, John E. Hall Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital wrote, “Dr. Hall was a giant of a man in intellect, judgment, and leadership. Affectionately known as Big John or “BJ”, his influence was and still is extensive worldwide.

Dr. Michael Millis, Dr. Hall’s mentor and friend led the award presentation and others joined in sharing their special memories and fond appreciation for Dr. Hall, their mentor and friend.  The MOA was proud to recognize posthumously his pioneering spirit, outstanding achievements and longstanding commitment to the practice of orthopaedics and the patients he cared for throughout his career.  His orthopaedic colleagues will be forever grateful for his surgical contributions, patient care and warm collegiality. 

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